Govt initiates inquiry into fee hike in DPS Srinagar

Govt initiates inquiry into fee hike in DPS Srinagar

Move after parents complain of arbitrary increase in violation of High Court orders

The Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) has initiated inquiry into the hike in fee structure of Delhi Public School (DPS) Athwajan Srinagar.

The development comes after School Fee Fixation Committee (SFFC) issued a show cause notice to the school administration after parents complained against the arbitrary hike in the fee by the school.

The Directorate has appointed the Chief Education Officer (CEO) Srinagar as inquiry officer and he has been directed to complete the inquiry in a time bound manner.

Earlier the parents’ body had registered complaints with SFFC that the school management has increased the tuition and bus fee from the month of November 2015.

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has already banned any hike in school fee of private schools and asked the private school proprietors to seek proper permission for enhancing school fee.

However, parents are complaining that all the private schools have resorted to arbitrary hike in the fee structure in violation of High Court order. Government has also warned the private school owners to desist from increasing fee of students under any category including tuition fee, bus fee and other heads as well.

On Monday, CEO Srinagar Arif Iqbal Malik visited DPS Srinagar and asked the school authorities to submit the records pertaining to fee records from 2014 to 2016.

“I visited the school and asked them to submit all the records of fee in my office on Tuesday. We will see to the grievances of parents who complain of being fleeced with arbitrary hike,” he said.

He has also asked the parents to register their complaints in CEO office Srinagar by March 31 on the basis of which appropriate action will be taken against the school administration. “This is the only option to resolve the issue. Let parents submit their complaints in my office so that the issue will be resolved,” he said.